Vromans: “Save The Deli” Booksigning at Langer’s October 28

Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant is proud to host the upcoming exclusive Los Angeles booksigning event for David Sax’s new “Save The Deli” book. The event includes a classic Langer’s pastrami lunch plus a signed copy of David’s book.

This entertaining and authoritative book (released October 1 from publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) features Langer’s and makes the bold assertion that Los Angeles is now America’s premier deli town – and home to the world’s best pastrami – Langer’s!

Space is limited for this exclusive event, so sign up now at Vromans by clicking here. Or, you can call (626) 449-5320 for more information or to sign up. But hurry – you must sign up before October 24 to get your space in this great and exclusive event – featuring author David Sax in person, talking about his book and signing copies for event attendees!

LA Weekly: Langer’s Makes Gold’s 99 Essential LA Restaurants List

Langer’s is proud to announce our inclusion in Jonathan Gold’s “99 Essential LA Restaurants” list for 2009, now appearing here in the current issue of the LA Weekly (pick it up!). Here’s a sampling of Jonathan’s very kind words for our pastrami:

The late Al Langer was among the last of the great deli men, a guy who could talk to you about sandwiches until your ears fell off but more importantly, knew the contours of a pastrami the way a great sushi chef does a side of tuna. In the course of the half-block walk from the Alvarado Blue Line station to his delicatessen, you smell the food from a half-dozen Central American countries, pass within sight of Mexican street murals, and are offered the opportunity to buy a counterfeit green card. Within the deli itself, run by his son Norm, you may wait for a table with customers speaking every language but Yiddish.

Bite into a Langer’s pastrami sandwich: thick slices of hand-sliced beef, glistening with peppery fat, as dense and as smoky as Texas barbecue; thickly cut seeded corn rye, hot, crisp-crusted and soft inside, with a slightly sour tang that helps tame the richness of the meat; a dab of yellow mustard, as important to the whole as a sushi master’s wasabi, and you’ll know the inescapable fact: Langer’s serves the best pastrami sandwich in America.

Click here to read the complete article in the LA Weekly

More Best Thing I Ever Ate Showings

Here is a list of additional showings of “The Best Thing I Ever Ate Between Bread” featuring the segment on Langer’s:

DirecTV: Saturday August 22 at 1030PM Eastern – Channel 231

DirecTV: Sunday August 23 at 130AM Eastern – Channel 231

Dish Network: Saturday August 22 at 1030PM Eastern – Channel 110

Dish Network: Sunday August 23 at 130AM Eastern – Channel 231

Time Warner Cable: Saturday August 22 at 1030PM – Channel 174

Time Warner Cable: Sunday August 23 at 130AM – Channel 174

Comcast: Saturday August 22 at 1030PM – Channel 029

Comcast: Sunday August 23 at 130AM – Channel 029

The series is 9:30PM every Tuesday. Here’s a link to the Food Network’s show site.

DigLounge.com: Langer’s vs. Katz’s Pastrami Showdown

Matt Mitchell’s new LA-centric portal DigLounge.net has an interesting head-on comparison between Katz’s Delicatessen of New York and Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant of Los Angeles. It’s an even-handed approach that takes on all elements of the dining experience: location and transit, environment, dining experience, and of course, food quality.

The competition: pastrami sandwiches. Matt had seen Rob Eshman’s report from the Jewish Journal on David Sax’s new book “Save The Deli,” and felt compelled to take on David’s assertion that LA is the new premiere deli town.

The result? We’re pleased to announce that Matt’s final decision was – Langer’s hot pastrami. Thanks, Matt – we’ll see you again soon for another sandwich, we hope!

While it’s a very close race, and Katz’s may win for locale and hours, but I lean towards Langer’s for it’s thin sliced, delectable, melt in your mouth pastrami.

Click here to read the complete article at DigLounge.net.

Encore: Langer’s on The Best Thing I Ever Ate

Make sure you catch the encore presentation of Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant on Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” program produced by Authentic Entertainment. We are in the “Between Bread” episode.

The NEXT encore air date for the Langer’s segment is August 15, 2009 at 6:00PM Pacific / Eastern. You can click here to visit the episode page.

The series is 9:30PM every Tuesday. Here’s a link to the Food Network’s show site.

Be a Langer’s Fan on Facebook

Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant is now on Facebook, and you can follow us there along with all your friends and family. Just click here to be redirected to our Facebook page, and click the “Become a Fan” button to add us to your friends list.

We’ll be adding much more to our Facebook presence in the coming weeks, so visit us often. And feel free to leave a review, start a discussion, or add your own fan photos to the page. We look forward to interacting with you!

SeriousEats.com: Is Los Angeles the Best Jewish Deli Town?

SeriousEats.com poses the very serious question, “Is Los Angeles the Best Jewish Deli Town?” and gets lots of positive response from this potentially catastrophic query. It’s all part of ongoing coverage of David Sax’s new book, “Save The Deli,” which comes out this fall and will be available from Langer’s on our Merchandise page. Here’s a quick quote from the piece:

Sax’s favorite Los Angeles delis include: Nate ‘n Als, Arts, Canters, Brents, Greenblatt’s, Factors, Juniors, and Langers, as JewishJournal.com points out. So, are you throwing a pickle at the screen in rage? Or do you agree?

Definitely click here to check out the terrific range of responses from SeriousEats.com’s visitors.

AlBorde.com: Bilingual Langer’s Food Review

AlBorde.com published an interesting review of Langer’s recently that features both English and Spanish passages. Author Rafael Acero did a great job summarizing the first-time-Langer’s experience:

If you wanna switch things up a bit without being too extreme or without compromising your budget by much, head over to “Langer’s Deli” for some of the best pastrami EVER. If you haven’t tried “Langer’s”, you owe it to yourself to experience it- even if you’re not a huge pastrami fan, after eating at this joint, you will be.

Click here to read the complete review at AlBorde.com

LATaco.com: Fans of Langer’s

The popular website LATaco.com (“Celebrating the taco lifestyle in Los Angeles, California, USA”) recently published a great review of Langer’s No. 19 and our corned beef. Written by Ali Khan, the review includes great photographs and some wonderful prose:

Eat your heart out New York. The best Pastrami sandwich is a Los Angeleno. An East side one, at that. Sitting at the corner of 7th and Alvarado, yards away from where Captain David Aceveda and the late Terry Crowley met in the pilot of The Shield, is Langer’s, one of the best restaurants in the city.

….and:

Like most delicatessen’s, Langer’s features a huge menu that could tempt one to veer off the Pastrami highway, but this is simply not advised. Unless that is, you happen to go after the best kept secret at Langer’s: The Corned beef!

Click here to read the complete review at LATaco.com

Jewish Journal: David Sax Book Review

The Jewish Journal has published a review of David Sax’s new book, “Save The Deli”:

Brace yourself New York, because what I am about to write is definitely going to piss a lot of you off, but it needs to be said: Los Angeles has become America’s premier deli city

The review goes on to list the book’s local coverage:

Sax, who spent a lot of meals out here noshing his way to proof, presents his evidence: Nate ‘n Als, Arts, Canters, Brents, Greenblatt’s, Factors, Juniors and… Langers, home of the finest pastrami sandwich in the universe, much less the country.

Click here to read the complete review

Click here to visit the Save The Deli website

Langer’s on Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate

Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant will be featured in an upcoming episode of the Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” program produced by Authentic Entertainment. We will appear in the “Between Bread” episode.

The air date for the Langer’s segment is August 4, 2009 at 9:30PM.

The series is 9:30PM every Tuesday. Here’s a link to the Food Network’s show site.

1997 LA Times Story: Heart in the Rye Place

Thanks to Google Alerts, we re-discovered this gem of a story on Langer’s written back in 1997 by Denise Hamilton for the Los Angeles Times. Here’s a sample:

LOS ANGELES — Al Langer, whose pungent pastrami on chewy rye is widely considered the best in Los Angeles, knows it takes more than a tasty sandwich to keep a delicatessen afloat for half a century.

In part, it’s a crapshoot, admits the 84-year-old patriarch of Langer’s Deli, which has seen good times and bad in the MacArthur Park neighborhood where he opened shop 50 years ago this month with $500 in his pocket.

But the scrappy New Jerseyite says it’s also a matter of knowing when to hold, what to fold and how to change with the times.

Take the deli’s location. As the once-prosperous commercial and residential Jewish neighborhood became filled with struggling Central American refugees, Langer held on, convinced that there would always be customers for his matzo brei, kippers and those fat, famous sandwiches.

Maybe so, but not at night or on Sundays anymore.

Click here to read the entire article – it’s worth it.